January 27, 2012

One Good Man

“I see Mercy’s dating you,” she says as if it’s common to say such things. As if I knew this fact. {I didn’t.}

True, there have been glints of Mercy hanging around: softer heart, gentler words. But dating? One must tread lightly; such things could lead to a lifetime commitment.

A laugh tries to move past her statement, but it sticks. Though she and I are editing 10’s of 100’s of 1000’s of so many words during our meeting, hers won’t go away. Days after, they trail me and greet me at my front door and bid me good morning.

There’s this list I etched in the early spring of life. Qualities of a dreamed of man-husband. Some sweet, most naive, like flowers that bloom too early, before the frost has been chased away till winter. Give him blue eyes, tall legs, guitar fingers and a fondness for snow, Lord. And a passion for You, a heart for missions, goofy humor, and desire to have a house full of children . And swirl in this and that and the list went off the margins.

Now? In the summer of my time, the list blooms with  just one characteristic sure to weather all seasons: good.

Because surely goodness and mercy walk hand-n-hand. Dream of giving love and money and peace. Care for the least and the more than enough and everyone in between. Ride the wave of justice to set captives free. Walk humbly with God.

Surely, goodness loves Mercy. This Mercy dating me, asking for my hand, my heart, my life.

I can’t help but think: if this is what the Lord requires of a man… must I need more?

Oh sure, my heart still leans toward many of those things on my adolescent list. I’ll gladly lay them down though for that greater characteristic. Then again, many of them are embedded in good. So, I’ll whittle my list down to that one thing: good. Well, perhaps there’s one more quality I’d want a husband to have: a desire for a good wife.

And so, I’m accepting Mercy’s hand as I wait for one good man.

He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. ~Micah 6:8



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  1. Hi Sam,
    The verse from Micah is one that I incribed in the Bible I gave my son years ago! It sums it up doesn’t it. I pray God sends His best for you. Never settle for anything less. It’s worth the wait.
    Much love,

  2. Sam,
    I just love your heart; I know I say that a lot, but I really do. This is just another beautiful example of how God works in our lives, using those things we desire and even struggle over to draw us into a deeper relationship with Him, giving us a beautiful glimpse into His heart.

    I don’t know what God has in store for your future, but I do know that His plans for you are good…even if they aren’t what we have expected. I love you and pray for you often!

    <3 Heather

  3. Your courage to speak is so refreshing. I pray that God will give you all your heart desires, and in the meantime “mercy” sounds like a pretty awesome date. Maybe you can name your daughter after him one day. Blessings to you.

  4. Praying with you for that truly good man who loves God with his wholeheart. <3

    Psalm 45:11

    Love you, Sam.

  5. I love reading your posts and devotionals that P31 sends out. You have such an honest way with words! As one who waited for her husband until she was 43, I can relate to your struggle. This is a time of preparation for you and your future mate. Pray for God to join your hearts and minds with His so that you may quickly recognize one another when at last you meet! Be blessed, Mary

    • Mary, thanks so much for sharing. And for your prayers and encouragement. Delighted with you that ‘God brought you and your spouse together. xoxo, Sam

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  6. Whoever God has chosen to take your hand will be one VERY blessed man!! You are one of the most beautiful women I know – from the inside out!! And I’m praying he comes soon. Oh, and by the way, I love how you and Mercy have become almost inseparable now. It’s clear you’ve been spending a good bit of time together lately. :-).

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